Session 1136: Disability and Disparity, II: Living with Differences - Living Life Differently?
Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45
|Sponsor:||'Homo debilis' Projekt, Universität Bremen|
|Organiser:||Jenni Kuuliala, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen|
|Moderator/Chair:||Bianca Frohne, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen|
|Paper 1136-a||Living with Impairment in Anglo-Saxon England|
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Social History
|Paper 1136-b||Proving Ability in the Daily Life of the Disabled in the Early Middle Ages|
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Disability history is an emerging field within medieval studies. Analysing dis/ability enables us to ask questions about culture and society in general. By taking into account the daily life experience of illness and impairment in the Middle Ages we can take a closer look at the categories of difference and normality in pre-modern societies: What was the significance of dis/ability in comparison to categories like social status, rank, gender, or age? When were people regarded as ‘different’, and what was expected of people with different abilities within their social environments?